EFG´s environmentally smart service EFG Reuse was introduced at last year's Stockholm Furniture Fair, as a way of prolonging the life of unwanted furniture while refurbishing offices.
Today, only a year later, EFG Reuse is a brand of its own with proven success. A recent example is how the Red Cross received 175 fine workplaces from communications giant Ericsson - with EFG Reuse acting as efficient intermediary.
The concept of EFG Reuse is just as clever and simple as needed in the fight against climate change and environmental degradation. The basic idea is to save rather than to waste, by extending the life of office furniture.
Office interiors are becoming more and more important in order to strengthen a company's image and increase work satisfaction and staff performance, while also putting sustainability and environmental concern into concrete action. The service EFG Reuse is an integral part of creating effective and sustainable solutions.
The value chain starts with an inventory of unwanted furniture when a company plans to upgrade their office. What can be sold and used by someone else? The rescued furniture will then be donated – in the name of the giver – to the receiver, most often a non-profit organization. Finally, the surplus material is carefully sorted and sent for recycling. The whole operation is documented in a report presenting both financial savings and where all products and materials have gone.
The opportunity to help the Red Cross raise the quality of their office premises in central Stockholm arose when Ericsson had a surplus of office furnishings. EFG:s Pelle Halling coordinated the entire transaction, from mood boards and layout plans to transports and waste handling.
-The Red Cross were initially planning to purchase new desktops to mount on old stands. The result would not be particularly good, so I got in touch with Ericsson to find a better solution, says Pelle Halling who is Sweden’s foremost pioneer in recycling of office furniture as well as the man behind EFG:s focus in this field .
Ericsson enthusiastically rose to the challenge, and ultimately the Red Cross now has 175 fresh workplaces with height adjustable tables and sound absorbers, without paying anything.
But what happened to the Red Cross's old discarded furniture?
-We managed to recover quite a lot and passed it on to both Doctors Without Borders and local charity The City Mission. The remaining furniture was sorted and taken for recycling, explains Pelle Halling who will now launch EFG Reuse in two different formats: Reuse Basic and Reuse Commitment.
For more information please contact:
Pelle Halling, tel 0709-939323 or firstname.lastname@example.org